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So why is the 2012 Ladera Cabernet—made from almost entirely from Howell Mountain fruit, from an incredible vintage—sitting pretty at $34.99? I honestly can't tell you. Maybe it's because no one knows how good the Ladera holdings in Howell Mountain are. Or maybe it's the pride that winemaker Jade Barrett takes in making a serious wine for a reasonable price. Or maybe it's because Ladera is an overlooked gem in a sea of Napa alternatives. For whatever the reason, I'm not going to complain. We tasted the 2012 vintage at our staff training yesterday and I was just floored by the quality of this wine. Dark, fleshy fruit cloaked in fine tannins, bits of earth, and in total balance, with enough gusto to go the long haul in your cellar. It's a whole lotta wine for $34.99, and it's made primarily from Howell Mountain grapes, harvested during a great vintage. 

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Feb202009

Mardi Gras Cocktails

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, the last day of Carnival—better known as Mardi Gras here in the States—and it's the perfect day for mishief-making. K&L's Mike Barber has whipped up some cocktail recipes to get your celebrating off to a spirited start. The Shotgun 2oz. Bulleit Bourbon 1/2oz. sweet vermouth dash of orange bitters Stir in ice. Strain into glass (Mike likes to add a couple of maraschino cherries). IMPORTANT- substitute Glenrothes reserve for Bulleit bourbon to bring down the sweetness. The Milagro Flower 2oz. Milagro silver tequila 2oz. lime juice 1/2 oz. Elderflower Liquer (a little goes a long way) Shake with ice, strain into glass, serve with chips and salsa. San Francisco Highball People are always amazed at how good this simple drink tastes No. 209 Gin or Anchor Junipero Gin Ginger ale Half a fresh lime Fill your glass with ice. Pour the glass half full with gin and top the rest of the way with ginger ale and a squeeze of lime. Stir and enjoy! 209 Volcano Shot Use a tall shot glass Chambord Amaretto Bailey's Irish Cream 209 Gin Fill your shot glass 1/4 Chambord. Then SLOWLY, using a spoon, fill 1/4 Amaretto. Again SLOWLY, using a spoon, fill 1/4 with Bailey's. All these ingredients should stack on each other and form visible layers in the glass. Finish the shot off by slowly pouring some on the top. This layer will be smokey and sit on the Bailey's. You may substitute flavored vodka for the gin if you wish. Shoot it!

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